Women (and men too) with clear, beautiful skin aren’t just winners in the genetic lottery – they all have these five daily skin enhancing habits in common.
They have a high intake of antioxidants & healthy fats:
Antioxidants help fight free radicals that can damage the cellular structures of the skin, accelerating skin aging. Antioxidant rich foods, such as dark green vegetables, blueberries, green tea, cinnamon, and even cacao help fight these free radicals. Realistically though it is very difficult to get enough antioxidants from your diet alone. Quality supplementation is pretty well universal for those people with great skin. And speaking of supplements, it is difficult to find a better antioxidant supplement than our own Total Balance.
Good fats, such as those found in almonds, avocado and salmon help hydrate skin from the inside out and reduce the inflammation that can cause skin redness, therefore making your skin smooth, supple, and great looking. Most people don’t get enough of these good fats so a high quality Omega 3 fish oil is really needed. The benefits of a really good fish oil for your skin can be enhanced with the addition of Lycopene and Astaxanthin. Both of these ingredients are in the Premium Version of our Omega 3 DHA/fish oil. You can go one step further and use the QH Ultra version which contains Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10, which is also believed to help with skin health.
They sweat (aka perspire):
Sweating during high intensity exercise makes your skin glow. This is because exercise improves circulation, detoxifies the skin and increases oxygen output. Exercising three to four times a week improves your whole body, including your skin. So enjoy the sweat, and see your skin go from dull to gorgeous in no time.
They have quality sleep:
Good sleep is essential for great skin. Cortisol, a stress hormone which ages the skin and may cause acne and other skin problems, is reduced when the body is sleeping. Sleep equals younger looking and clearer skin. After all, that’s why they call it ‘beauty sleep’. Also, quality sleep helps in the production of Melatonin and HGH (Human Growth Hormone), both of which are essential for ‘anti-aging’.
They drink water (H2O):
Water is the elixir of life. Your body can’t survive without it, and neither can your skin. Drinking a reasonable amount each day will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Water also hydrates other cells and keeps your body at its optimal energy level. Dehydration can happen to the best of us, even if hydration levels drop only one percent. So for smooth and supple skin, and a healthy body, enjoy the wonders of H2O. For people who don’t like the taste of plain water, add some fresh lemon juice to it. The benefit of lemon juice is in its cleansing properties which make it a great addition for gorgeous skin.
How much to drink each day? There are a lot of different opinions about this. Some say 8 glasses some say drink what your body tells you. Just be aware of what you think you need and remember to drink adequate amounts.
They cleanse and moisturise:
Cleansing the skin with a high quality cleanser can do wonders. A good quality cleanser washes away grime, dirt and excess oils. The cleanser shouldn’t be too harsh on the skin. For gorgeous skin, use a cleanser twice daily made with natural ingredients that can also soothe the skin and prepare the skin for moisturising.
I am pleased to say that the Xtend-Life Foaming Facial Cleanser with manuka honey and kiwifruit is probably the best facial cleanser on the market! Some men even opt to use it as a shaving cream.
Moisturising your face and body after cleansing is crucial when it comes to achieving smooth and supple skin. The idea of moisturising is to protect the skin from the elements, and help the skin achieve moisture replenishment on a cellular level. Use a moisturiser based on natural ingredients and emollients. This way, the skin is protected from unnecessary chemicals, which in the long run, keeps your skin looking great for decades to come.
For more information, check out the skin care section of our website featuring natural paraben free moisturisers for both men and women.
I hope this little guide may be helpful if you wish to improve the overall health of your skin.